One month ago a heavily-armed, 28-yr-old female named Audrey Elizabeth Hale, who identified as a transgender male, literally shot her way into a Nashville private Christian grade school called Covenant and murdered three nine-year-old students and three adults before police terminated her and her rampage.
Hale left a manifesto reportedly detailing her motivation, the contents of which the FBI is still protecting. Joseph Giacalone, former police officer and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, believes authorities are not releasing the manifesto because there may be “something in there that is truly damaging for the transgender community.” Does the manifesto explode the narrative that the Left wants so desperately to maintain: that trans people are the victims of genocidal bigotry and not a threat to anyone? The narrative that the real domestic terror threat in America is Trump supporters and Tucker Carlson viewers?
The shooting came just ahead of something alarmingly called a “Trans Day of Vengeance” set for April 1st (but ultimately cancelled) and took place in a climate of media-driven, hysterical fear-mongering about what is outrageously being labeled a right-wing “genocide” of the so-called trans community. (Fact check: trans people are not experiencing anything that could even remotely be considered genocide.) It is a lie that our doddering President Joe Biden himself has promoted.
This has led many to believe that violence committed by or threatened by trans individuals is justifiable “vengeance” and self-defense. Indeed, the most disgusting and disturbing aspect of the Nashville massacre, apart from the cold-hearted evil at the heart of it, has been the response from many in the news media and on social media rationalizing Hale’s actions. Meanwhile Christians and the Right are blamed for what these apologists falsely label “trans hate” and for political policies that purportedly push troubled trans people to the point of violent retaliation.
Something called the Trans Resistance Network in Massachusetts, for example, released a statement on the Covenant school shooting stating that life for “transgender people is very difficult” due to “anti-trans legislation” and “right wing personalities.” The group also painted a sympathetic picture of shooter Hale as a “complex tragedy” who felt she “had no other effective way to be seen than to lash out by taking the life of others.”
No other way to be seen than to kill nine-year-olds? There is no one more visible in America today than a trans activist. They are celebrated in the culture, lauded as trailblazing heroes, and given every platform from the daytime gabfest The View to the White House itself. It is a grotesque lie and sick rationalization to claim that Audrey Hale had no other way to be “seen” than to shoot innocents dead – and furthermore, to claim that the trans community is marginalized and endangered.
In a recent episode of All Things Considered on the leftwing propaganda outlet National Public Radio, NPR correspondents Adrian Florido and Melissa Block fretted that the transgender community “fears a further escalation of hate” after it was revealed that the Nashville school shooter was trans, and their fear “has been amplified” due to “a surge of anti-trans rhetoric.” (Has NPR ever done a story on the anti-white, anti-Christian rhetoric pumped into our culture daily? Just curious.)
NBC ran a story with the headline, “Fear pervades Tennessee’s trans community amid focus on Nashville shooter’s gender identity: ‘We were already fearing for our lives. Now, it’s even worse.’” As Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway put it on Twitter, “Gee, you’d think heavily armed Christian children were hunting down trans activists instead of the other way around.”
Courageous opponents of trans ideology from both sides of the political spectrum – e.g., the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling – have been smeared as bigots and threatened with death for stating the simple biological truth about the two sexes that has been known and accepted for many thousands of years of human existence – facts that the radical Left want to erase as part of their deconstruction of the norms and values and universal truths of Western civilization. Because that’s what gender ideology and the other facets of Cultural Marxism like Critical Race Theory are: a concerted assault on our civilization. And the Left is becoming increasingly bold about waging violence to achieve this vision.
The day after the shooting, the press secretary for the Governor of Arizona tweeted an image from a movie in which a character is wielding a pair of handguns, along with the message, “us when we see transphobes.” There’s no other way to read that tweet than as support for the actions of child-killer Hale, and as a threat that others who perceive themselves to be trans are prepared to shoot anyone they deem bigots.
A trans male who goes by the name Tara Jay recently issued a call to his 2400 TikTok followers to buy guns and told them he was prepared to die for the cause of trans “safety” and “freedom”:
If you back an animal into a corner, they become a dangerous animal. So if you want to die on this hill of yours, of righteousness and moral majority, then you go right ahead. I dare you to try and stop me from going into a women’s bathroom. It will be the last mistake you ever make. I dare you to try and stop a transgender woman in my presence from using the bathroom. It will be the last mistake you ever make. This is a call to action and call to arms to everybody within the United States that are scared, worried, have children that are transgender, lesbian, bi, or gay…. This is a call to action. You need to arm up. Plain and simple, go out and buy a gun. Learn how to use it, efficiently. Through and through. Because the time to act is now. You need to protect yourself and you need to protect your fellow transgender…. There are lots of people like me who are not afraid to die. I love my girlfriends to death, but I would rather die for them to secure their safety, freedom, and future than to live and not have anything done.
Yet another example: in a now-deleted post on Twitter, transgender activist Kayla Denker posed with an AR-15 and a handgun along with the words “Kill christcucks. Behead christcucks” and “crucify filthy christcucks” as well as “slam dunk a christcuck baby into a trashcan.” The post was hashtagged “trans day of vengeance.”
Has the FBI investigated this lunatic, or are they too busy investigating parents who complained at school board meetings about their children being exposed to sexually explicit books? Do I really need to point out that if a MAGA hat-wearing person posted pictures on social media in which he wielded a “weapon of war” and called for beheading the LGBT community, the FBI would have raided his house faster than you can say “Jan 6th insurrection”?
More examples of violent rhetoric from gender ideologues: the e-commerce site Etsy allows a significant number of shops to sell trans- and nonbinary-themed items threatening violence.
“Armed queers bash back,” reads a “Pride” flag with a picture of an AK-47.
“Respect my pronouns or yours will be was/were,” reads a sweatshirt.
One t-shirt pictures three daggers along with the words “Protect Trans Kids.”
“Respect gender pronouns or I will identify as a problem,” reads one sticker. Another one reads, “Respect my pronouns or die by my sword.”
“We’re here. We’re queer. I have a brick,” reads another shirt.
These are not vows of self-defense against a legitimate violent threat, but violent threats themselves against someone who might merely “misgender” a trans person. These are public warnings that if you fail to participate in or celebrate this gender delusion, or simply get someone’s “personal pronouns” wrong, some trans people are willing to kill you.
These are not the expressions of a community “living in fear,” but of thugs looking for an excuse to commit murder and mayhem – and confident that the media will circle the wagons around them, and the police will suppress information about their motivation, if they do.
But the trans violence goes beyond just rhetoric. As Tucker Carlson noted in a recent Fox News commentary, a trans girl tried to assassinate Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh at his home last year. A self-described nonbinary shooter later murdered five people and wounded 18 at a Colorado nightclub. In 2019, a trans teenager shot nine people in a Denver high school, killing one. In 2018, a mentally ill transgender person shot up a Rite-Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, killing four. Then came the Nashville school shooting, and police recently arrested a trans man in Colorado named William Whitworth, who goes by the name Lily. He had a kill list and a manifesto and was planning to attack three schools and churches.
Tucker ended his commentary declaring the trans community to be the most dangerous extremist group in America. I would include in that community its huge support groups in the media, in the Biden administration, in the medical field, and of course among the masked shock troops of Antifa, who can always be counted on to dole out some Clockwork Orange-style “ultra-violence” on anyone who dares speak out against the increasingly dangerous trans movement.
I would also argue that this extremism qualifies as domestic terrorism. Targeting innocent citizens for intimidation, violence, and death for political ends is the very definition of terrorism. By that basic standard, all of the movements in recent years which have been championed by the Democrat Party and protected by the complicit news media – from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter to Antifa, and now to a growing number of unhinged transgender activists – wage terrorism. Their overlapping political ends involve the complete destruction of the economic, societal, and moral status quo in the West. They are literally a civilizational threat.
As the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh tweeted recently, “Always remember what happened at the Covenant School. Remember what happened to those innocent victims, to those children. We are facing a truly demonic evil. Never forget that.”
It is a truly demonic evil, and it’s time to call it like it is: terrorism.
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